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15th June, 2019

Drawn into the Mystery of God – Trinity Sunday

A mum brought her three young kids back to the car through the Church grounds. The sun was going down. At the family grave, she led them in making the Sign of the Cross, saying a short prayer for the dead. Such a beautiful intimate scene as they struggled with the formula ‘In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’ and the gesture. Watching, I was caught up into the mystery of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the God of Life and Love, the God of the living and of the dead, the God of this world and of Eternity – one God who has created us in his/her own image at our conception, and with whom our lives will find fulfilment. The God who in nature is three equal persons united in love. I joined this family group for a few moments; the spell was broken – but the memory lived on.

Memories:Memories came back of being taught to make the Sign of the Cross by my father, in Irish and in English, before I went to school. If there was thunder, mum with curtains pulled, sprinkling us all with holy water in the name of the Trinity, protecting us from harm. How many times since then have we made that lovely sign of Christian faith, passing churches or graveyards, beginning prayer, entering churches. At Baptism, the priest makes the sign of the Cross on the child’s forehead, saying ‘I claim you for Christ, in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.’ We are drawn into the mystery of God, – Trinity, from that moment. We are God’s family, created, loved, protected, guided, by our God, who is three persons united in love.

Mystery?Why are we surprised that God seems so complicated? All we know about our God has been revealed by our God. The historical figure of Jesus dominates the Gospels, revealing his relationship of love and trust and prayer with the Father;promising to send God’s Spirit to his disciples- a promise fulfilled at Pentecost. And we are drawn into that mystery that is God. We are touched by it. We are formed by it. We are loved by Trinity.

ALTAR SERVERS:
A new team of twenty one Altar Servers from Rang a Cúig will shortly be trained and will take up this ministry as part of their preparation for Confirmation next year. The tradition is well established, and Tríona Fitzgerald and Darina Callanan, our Parish Child Safety representatives have met their parents this week for information and permission, and have helped the new servers to work out a code of conduct. Our sincere thanks to our team for this year, who will shortly be finishing.

ORDINATION OF BISHOP GAVIN
The Episcopal Ordination of Fr. Fintan Gavin will take place at 3pm on Sun. Jun. 30th next. During the Ordination ceremony, the newly ordained Bishop will be accompanied by Bishop Buckley to take his seat on the Cathedra or the ‘ceremonial chair’, which gives the Cathedral its name. Also during the ceremony, the Papal Mandate i.e. the official letter from Pope Francis appointing Fr. Fintan as Bishop of our diocese will be read out. The ceremony at the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Anne will be relayed to a large screen in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Skibbereen where people and clergy will join in the ordination by their prayers, hymns and Communion. It will also be possible to view the ordination ceremony which will be live streamed on www.corkandross.org as well as www.corkcathedral.ie

SUMMERTIME – AND THE LIVING IS EASY!  AU REVOIR TO THE BULLETIN!
Everyone needs a break. Everyone needs a holiday. Recreation is Re-creation, an opportunity to renew our Spirits. In our busy stressed world, where so much of our time is taken up constantly ‘doing’, it is so important to take time for ‘being’. It’s so easy to feel we are only worthwhile if we are constantly doing things, constantly productive; every moment filled. Summertime is an opportunity to smell the flowers, to listen to the thrush, to see the colours of nature, to enjoy long evenings…… The Newsletter team and  Fr Declan wish all our parishioners a happy summer – whenever the sun begins to shine. This is our last  edition of the Sunday Bulletin until September.
Slán go fóill!


1st June, 2019

Separation – World Communication Day

Today is Ascension Sunday … those of us of a certain vintage will remember this event celebrated on a Thursday, Ascension Thursday in years gone by.

Today we read of Jesus leaving his disciples and ascending into heaven. This is said to have taken place 40 days after the resurrection. We are told by St Luke that He “blessed them and withdrew from them and was carried up to heaven.”   There is no mention of a tearful goodbye or parting hugs. There is no reference to sadness, loss or loneliness. However at a human level we can imagine the disciples feeling uncertain and apprehensive about the future without Jesus. If we think about times when we had to say goodbye to those we love …… even for a short time, we experience feelings of sadness and loss.

There are many events in our lives where we have to “let go” emotionally….. a child starting school or college, emigration and inevitably death. Many parents will remember the experience of saying goodbye to their son or daughter at the departure gates at the airport…. that last look…. that last wave and the sad journey returning to the family home.

However instead of any of the above feelings being shown by the disciples, we are told that they “went back to Jerusalem full of joy.” They seems eager to begin to “teach all nations” Why? Because they truly believed that Jesus was still with them in spirit and would remain with them as they became witnesses to his life.

In the week ahead let us turn to Jesus when life is challenging in the belief that He is always there beside us to support and help us.

STATION DUES AND EASTER OFFERINGS:
Please return these envelopes for the support of the Priest of the Parish with your contributions as soon as possible. Almost the entire income for a priest comes from the four envelope collections: Spring and Autumn Dues, and Christmas and Easter Offerings. Apologies for asking for two donations so close to each other, due to the late overrun of the Station Masses. Sincere thanks to the area distributors and to Francis Hurley, coordinator.

CALLING ALL TRÓCAIRE BOXES
Very few Trócaire Boxes and Envelopes have as yet been returned. Please make a special effort to return yours as soon as possible, so that the money can be sent on. Boxes and envelopes can be returned to the Sacristy or to Fr Declan.

ORDINATION OF NEW BISHOP OF CORK AND ROSS
In the coming days, each parish of our diocese will receive a limited allocation of several invitations to the ordination ceremony of  Fr Fintan Gavin as our new Bishop, at 3pm on Sun. Jun. 30thin the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Anne. It will be a most uplifting and historic ceremony. Our parish would like to send a representation, possibly including a family with young people. If interested, please contact Philip Flaherty, Sacristan. In the event of many applicants, it will be decided by lottery.

WORLD COMMUNICATION DAY
As we read of the disciples going out to teach all nations, it is appropriate that we celebrate World Communication Day today. The disciples spread the gospel by personally meeting with and preaching to different communities in widely diverse cultures and countries. They had no internet. They had no social media. They had no radio or TV to spread the Word. Yet they achieved what Jesus asked them to do.
Today in our world it has never been easier to send or receive messages or information. We can communicate instantly to any part of the world. Yet it is ironic that loneliness is a major problem in our society and often leads to poor mental health, depression and suicide. We have moved from a rural based community where neighbours knew and took care of each other to urban living where often people do not know who is living next door.  We text, email or what’s app each other rather than calling to see friends or family. As humans we need social interaction and face to face contact. So this week let’s make an effort to meet and talk!
A notice recently seen outside a restaurant sums this up….. “No, we don’t have WiFi, Talk to each other!”

ANAM CARA
Anam Cara Cork, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Remembrance Evening on Wednesday 5th June at 7:20pm at the Lough, Cork, followed by Tea and Coffee in the Hawthorn. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not. Please RSVP to info@anamcara.ie or 085 2888888 to help us organise.  Please note there are no Events in July orAugust.


25th May, 2019

Last Wishes of Jesus – 7th Sunday in Easter

As Jesus says goodbye to his disciples, he sees them sad and scared. They feel they are seeing the last of their beloved Master. What will happen when he is gone? Who will guide them now and show them how to proceed? Jesus wants to encourage them by his final words. His great desire is that His Good News of God will not be forgotten. His followers must keep alive the ideal of the Father’s humanizing “kingdom of God.” He wants them to hold fast to what they learned from him. “Whoever loves me will stay true to my words … whoever does not love me do not keep them.”
After twenty centuries, what we have done with the Gospel of Jesus? Do we keep it faithfully or do we care only for our own personal interests? Do we keep Jesus alive in our hearts or are we forgetting him? Do we honestly present his message have we overlaid it with specious, self-serving doctrines?
“I give you my peace” he says. He wants to make our own the special kind of peace that was his welling up from his intimate union with the Father. His peace will blossom in our heart if we accept the Spirit of Jesus. We must never lose that peace. Jesus insists: “Do not be troubled or afraid”.
After twenty centuries, why does fear for the future paralyze us from spreading his peace, his outlook? Why does our church seem so defensive, so inward-looking? There are many people out there who are hungry for meaning, who want to find a more spiritual dimension in life. Pope Francis is a true gift from God for our church today, urging us to appreciate and share the Good News. Our times invite us to move to be more faithful to Jesus and his Gospel Church. (José Antonio Pagola)(From: Association of Catholic Priests)

STATION DUES AND EASTER OFFERINGS:
Please return these envelopes for the support of the Priest of the Parish with your contributions as soon as possible.
Almost the entire income for a priest comes from the four envelope collections: Spring and Autumn Dues, and Christmas and Easter Offerings. Apologies for asking for two donations so close to each other, due to the late overrun of the Station Masses. Sincere thanks to the area distributors and to Francis Hurley, coordinator.

CALLING ALL TRÓCAIRE BOXES
Very few Trócaire Boxes and Envelopes have as yet been returned. Please make a special effort to return yours as soon as possible, so that the money can be sent on. Boxes and envelopes can be returned to the Sacristy or to Fr Declan.

CORK ECUMENICAL BIBLE WEEK 21-26 MAY
Sunday 26th May: The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it. The transformative power of the Psalms to shape our imaginations and our lives towards eco-justice. Dr. Jessie Rogers Sacred Heart Hall, Western Road, Cork. 7.30pm. Cork Ecumenical Bible Week extends a warm welcome to everyone. No booking required.

ORDINATION OF NEW BISHOP OF CORK AND ROSS
In the coming days, each parish of our diocese will receive a limited allocation of several invitations to the ordination ceremony of  Fr Fintan Gavin as our new Bishop, at 3pm on Sun. Jun. 30thin the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Anne. It will be a most uplifting and historic ceremony. Our parish would like to send a representation, possibly including a family with young people. If interested, please contact Philip Flaherty, Sacristan. In the event of many applicants, it will be decided by lottery.


18th May, 2019

Faith: Living in Love with One Another – and with God – 5th Sunday in Easter

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples – that you love one another. (Today’s Gospel).                                                  “What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evening, how you will spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love and it will decide everything.                                                Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way.” (Attributed to Pedro Arrupe, SJ (1907-1991))

 Is married love easy?If only it were! Ask any couple still married after twenty or thirty years. How many times have they differed? How many times have they accidentally hurt one another? How many times has one or both felt taken for granted, categorised, ignored, overlooked, neglected, lonely, stuck in a rut? How often has one of them taken most of the decisions, and shouldered most of the blame? How often has one of them chosen to say nothing rather than risk rocking the boat, and the situation has been buried rather than dealt with? ‘Peace at any price’ has its hidden dangers – often anger and depression come from what has been buried. Listening and patience and openness are needed when hurts arise. Genuine love is a decision, not a ‘romantic’ feeling. To cherish the person; not to always be right.

 Is family love easy? Ask any family! How much jealousy goes on between children? How often do parents find it hard not to love one child more than another? How do you cope with a teenager who doesn’t communicate? Where do you find the time to be mum or dad, taxi driver, advisor, counsellor, listener, coach, homework expert, internet use supervisor, crisis intervention expert? Often at great cost to yourself and your needs. This is real love.

God is in there- in the healing, the reconciliation, the patience, the love!

“Anyone who lives in love, God lives in them, and they live in God” (1 John 14)

STATION DUES AND EASTER OFFERINGS:
Please return these envelopes for the support of the Priest of the Parish with your contributions as soon as possible. Almost the entire income for a priest comes from the four envelope collections: Spring and Autumn Dues, and Christmas and Easter Offerings. Apologies for asking for two donations so close to each other, due to the late overrun of the Station Masses. Sincere thanks to the area distributors and to Francis Hurley, coordinator.

CALLING ALL TRÓCAIRE BOXES
Very few Trócaire Boxes and Envelopes have as yet been returned. Please make a special effort to return yours as soon as possible, so that the money can be sent on. Boxes and envelopes can be returned to the Sacristy or to Fr Declan.
CORK ECUMENICAL BIBLE WEEK 21-26 MAY
The Earth is the Lord’s and Everything in it (Ps 24)
Tuesday 21st May: Ecumenism in Ecology Rev. Elaine Murray Sacred Hearts Church, Monkstown. 7.30pm.
Wednesday 22nd May: We are Stewards not Owners…our Arrogance towards Creation. Fr. Ben Hegarty OP St. Joseph’s RC Church, Springhill, Glanmire. 7.30pm.
Thursday 23rd May: Exiles and Strangers. Dr. Richard Scriven, Old Schoolhouse, St. Michael’s, Church Rd., Blackrock. 7.30pm.
Sunday 26th May: The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it. The transformative power of the Psalms to shape our imaginations and our lives towards eco-justice. Dr. Jessie Rogers Sacred Heart Hall, Western Road, Cork. 7.30pm. Cork Ecumenical Bible Week extends a warm welcome to everyone. No booking required.

ORDINATION OF NEW BISHOP OF CORK AND ROSS
In the coming days, each parish of our diocese will receive a limited allocation of several invitations to the ordination ceremony of Fr Fintan Gavin as our new Bishop, at 3pm on Sun. Jun. 30thin the Cathedral of St. Mary andSt. Anne. It will be a most uplifting and historic ceremony. Our parish would like to send a representation, possibly including a family with young people. If interested, please contact Philip Flaherty, Sacristan. In the event of many applicants, it will be decided by lottery.


4th May, 2019

Blessed Are Those Who Have Not Seen – 2nd Sunday in Easter

reference:    Thomas the Doubter: Thomas makes the Gospels real. John gives him a prominent role because John is the last to write his Gospel. Eyewitnesses who have known Jesus have died. The faith is continuing, but it is harder without direct evidence. Thomas insists on direct proof, wants to touch the wounds, but Jesus speaks to him and offers to show him, and it is enough! He recognises and he believes. The resurrection is not provable. It is the faith of those who have witnessed to Jesus and passed it on. Jesus speaks now through the Word of God – the Gospels especially. He lives on in his followers through the Spirit.

Jesus Breathes on His Disciples:
What an unhygienic thing to do! But he is doing what God did in the account of the creation of the human being in the Book of Genesis –God formed the first human from the dust of the earth, breathed into him and gave him life. The risen Jesus is passing on his own life into his disciples – giving them his Spirit.

Easter Gifts:
Three times in this piece, Jesus says ‘Peacebe with you!’ He is not just calming their fears, but filling them with a gift that only He can give – ‘A peace the world cannot give; that is my gift to you.’ The gift of faith brings calm, trust, hope, freedom from fear and anxiety, freedom from guilt and self-blame, throughForgiveness. Through faith, we know who we are and what we are – not just dust, which will return to the earth, but children of God, made in God’s image and likeness, filled with God’s Spirit. The other gift isJoy: ‘The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord’. Joy is a special quality of most people of faith. A quiet inner joy of knowing you are loved at the core of your being by God gives a deep confidence in yourself. The Gospels of Easter are awesome! They take your breath away – and fill you with God’s breath!

STATION MASSES:
Sincere thanks to James Lynch and Siobhán Holland who hosted the Ballyshoneen Station last Friday night in the middle of the storm. The attendance was not affected. Tough people on the fringes of the parish not easily blown away! A lovely night of neighbourliness and hospitality.                                           The following morning we had a Saturday Station Mass with Ger and Joe Rigney and family in Ballinvoltig. A lovely peaceful celebration of parish and family, where the invitation of the Risen Jesus ‘Come and Have Breakfast’ came alive for us.

MAJOR CHOIR CONCERT.
Next Friday, May 10th, at 8pm, St James’ Church is the venue for The University of Tennessee Chamber Choir from Chatanooga, hosted by our friends, the Carrigaline Choral Singers. This choir of 30 singers (along with some pieces by the Carrigaline group) will present a varied concert of 90 minutes, featuring beautiful music, mainly sacred music, by various composers.

STATION DUES AND EASTER OFFERINGS:
Please return these envelopes for the support of the Priest of the Parish with your contributions as soon as possible after you receive them. Almost the entire income for a priest comes from the four envelope collections: Spring and Autumn Dues, and Christmas and Easter Offerings. Apologies for asking for two donations so close to each other, due to the late overrun of the Station Masses. Sincere thanks to the area distributers and Francis Hurley co-ordinator.         

EASTER THANKS:
Sincere thanks to all who contributed their time and talents to the Holy Week Ceremonies. To our magnificent choir who worked so hard, to Ursula Mulvihill their conductor, and to Ruth Healy, who accompanied the vast repertoire for the first time. Thanks to Darragh Holmes, to Caoimhe Murphy and Senan Nakajima (6thclass), and to Aoife Murphy and Niamh Meyer (transition year), who played a blinder at the Stations on Good Friday, coached by Joe Rigney and Orla Meyer . Thanks to Anne Moylan Shiels for the flower arrangements; also to Mary Foley and Eileen Lynch for the Easter Garden; to Readers (coordinated by Jeremy Meehan), Ministers of Eucharist (and especially Mary Flynn the coordinator), to Philip Flaherty, Sacristan, to our servers, to Eddie Fitzgerald for the animalfarm, to the Scouts for prayers and to Joe Rigney for Easter Fire. A magnificent team effort for the week!


13th April, 2019

Jerusalem @Ballinora.come -Palm Sunday

This week many of the inhabitants of Ballinora will be gathering to follow the footsteps of Jesus, to waves palms of triumph, to remember his betrayal, to commemorate his journey along the Via Dolorosa as He carried his cross to Calvary, to remember the New Passover in the Upper room – the beginning of the Mass, to have feet washed, to kiss his cross, to rejoice in his Resurrection, light our Easter Fire, and our Baptismal candles and renew our promises. Come to our Parish Church and join us!                                                                                                                                                   Where would we find ourselves amongst the strange crowd of people and characters of the Passion Gospel?

  • The crowd, who loved Jesus when he was famous. Palms, cheers, donkey and procession. But jeers and a crown of thorns only days later. Abandoned Him.
  • Peter who would follow Jesus anywhere, but denied three times that he knew him, cried in repentance and later was told three times to feed God’s sheep.
  • Pontius Pilate, afraid to stand up for his belief in an innocent man.
  • Mary, the mother who received the dead body of her son into her arms.
  • The Disciples, present at Eucharist, falling asleep as He prays, afraid and lost.
  • Simon, helping the criminal to carry his cross.
  • The Good Thief who took pity, and heard Jesus say: ‘This day you will be with me in paradise’.
  • Mary Magdalene. A grieving woman becomes first witness to the Resurrection.

So many we can identify with. So many others -Judas, the weeping women, Veronica….. We’re all there. All human life is there. Jesus has been there, done that. We need to know how real and how near our God is. Come and participate in a real-life pilgrimage that is still so much a part of our lives, as Jerusalem comes to Ballinora. Find your place in the cast, and prepare for the Final Act – Resurrection!

HOLY WEEK 2019
Monday April 15th: Mass at 7.30pm
Tuesday April 16th: Mass at 7.30pm
Wednesday April 17th: No evening Mass.
Penitential Service at 7.30pm
Holy Thursday: Mass of the Last Supper at 7pm;
Holy Hour: 9-10pm
Good Friday:     Stations of the Cross at 3pm;
Celebration of the Passion: 7pm
Holy Saturday:  Easter Vigil: 9pm
Easter Sunday April 21st: Masses at 10am; 11.30am

Please note that there is an extra mass on Easter Sunday at 11.30am.

WEEKDAY MASSES AFTER EASTER
There will be noMass on Monday 22nd or Tuesday 23rd. Weekday Masses will resume at 9am on Wednesday April 24th.

PENITENTIAL SERVICE(‘Not a torture chamber! – Pope Francis)
Come and experience the peace and love and healing and the gentleness of Jesus in our Parish Penitential Service on Spy Wednesday evening at 7.30pm. An opportunity for deep inner healing in a community setting. An opportunity to open up to Easter as a beautiful spiritual time of growth and resurrection. Come and experience what no wealth can buy.

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS:
Holy Places Collection: The collection for the maintenance of the Holy Places – the churches and shrines of the Holy Land mostly under the supervision of the Franciscans will be taken up as usual at the evening ceremony on Good Friday. Diocesan Special Needs Quarterly Collection: This collection will be taken up at all Masses on Sunday April 28th.

EASTER OFFERINGS:                                                              Envelopes are being distributed around the parish for the Easter Dues. Please return these envelopes for the support of the Priest of the Parish with your contributions as soon as possible after you receive them. Almost the entire income for a priest comes from the four envelope collections: Spring and Autumn Dues, and Christmas and Easter Offerings. The remainder of the Spring/Station Dues Envelopes will be distributed in mid-May.

EASTER VIGIL AND EASTER SUNDAY MASS COLLECTIONS:Throughout the Diocese, the Easter Weekend Offertory Collections, (with the exception of the purple envelopes for the upkeep of the Parish), are contributed to the support of the priest(s) of a parish.


30th March, 2019

Ballinora Parish Ministries (2 of 3) –4th Sunday in Lent

We are proud to have a parish with so many ministries, and so much involvement. But almost all of these would welcome new volunteers:

Society of St. Vincent de Paul:Ballinora Parish belongs to the Ballincollig Chapter, though there are many local members and collectors. They form a confidential contact and support group for the less well off; collecting in churches and shopping centres, and distributing aid to those who apply. Contact: Marion Hayes (4872145)

The Legion of Mary: A traditional prayer and action group, with a strong devotion to Mary, mother of Jesus. The members pray each week, visit the sick and the schools etc. Contact person: Norah Minehane (48722

Parish Finance Committee: A small group of parishioners oversee the income and financial affairs of the parish. They meet to discuss expenditure, fundraising, income from return of tax, parish envelopes, repair and maintenance etc. Members: Martin O’Driscoll, Paula Twohig, Gerard Kinnane, Fr. Declan Mansfield. Chairperson: Jean O’Brien (0863864704)

Station Area Representatives and Distributors: These 20 parishioners represent the 15 Station areas and townlands of the parish. They distribute the Easter and Christmas envelopes and the Parish Offertory envelopes. Coordinator: Francis Hurley (0876494677)

The Church Cleaning Ministry: A team of about fourteen people, working in pairs, clean the church and sacristy each week, hoovering, washing, dusting and tidying etc. This voluntary service keeps the church in good order. New helpers are constantly required. Coordinator: Anne Sheehan (0860566066)

The Grounds Maintenance team: A small team of volunteers cut and strim the grass around the church, tidy the graveyard, and keep the grounds in order. New support is needed. Contact person: Barry O’Sullivan (0879438055)

Funeral Support Ministry: Three parishioners are trained and commissioned to offer support to priest and families in the organising and celebration of funeral liturgies. They visit families – by invitation – and help organise and officiate at rosary, home wakes and prayers, removals, reception of remains and funeral Mass. They offer help with music,readings, prayers, mementos, etc, and lessen the stress of a grieving family. Ministers: Michael Galvin, Norah Minehane, Marie McSweeney (4870487). Three new members are in training.

RENEWAL FOR ALL IN MINISTRY IN OUR PARISH:
Tuesday April 2nd; 8:00 – 9.15.Prayer and encouragement for all who serve in all the ministries of our Parish: cleaners, flower arrangers, Parish Council, grounds keepers, Word and Eucharist etc etc (Lots listed above!)

STATION MASSES:
Volunteers are still requested please to host a Spring Station Mass in Ballymah Upper and Lr.; Lower Castlewhite, Upper Castlewhitre, Corbally/Greybrook;  Windsor and Ballyhank,. A station has been planned for Ballyshoneen. Inniskenny,School to Ballinora Cross and Ballinvrinsig.

HOW IS LENT GOING?
Time to take stock? Never too late to begin (again?) A reminder that all weekday Masses for Lent are at 7.30pmin order to give more people the opportunity to attend. Mass for Lent is a way to take time out for yourself and for your needs.

Mícheál Ó Draighneáin – moving on!
Sad news for Scoil Bhaie Nóra, and for the Parish of Ballinora this week, that our wonderful Principal, Mícheál is moving on shortly to new and fresh pastures as Deputy Principal of the Gaelscoil in Ballincollig. For fourteen years he has provided outstanding leadership for a great team of teachers. We thank him sincerely for his great gifts, and the many ways he has used them. He will be greatly missed. On the other hand, we congratulate him, and we send him our best wishes and prayers in his new role, when he takes it up in a month or two. Cógháirdeas agus beannacht Dé ort, a Mhichíl. Gura fada buan thú!

RECENT WEDDING
Congratulations to Sharon Crowley and Bryan Buckley who were married in St. James’ Church on Friday March 15th. May they have a long and happy life together.

 

 


23rd March, 2019

Ballinora Parish Ministries (1 of 3) – 3rd Sunday in Lent
Each Baptised member of the Church is given gifts by the Spirit to build up Parish and community. Gifts used in the service of God and of God’s people – and mostly given freely and voluntarily –  are referred to as ‘ministries’. Most of these ministries would be delighted to welcome more volunteers. In the Parish of Ballinora, our ministries and contact people are:

Ministers of the Word: Readers, usually in pairs, proclaim the Word of God at Masses and other ceremonies. At present, about fourteen people regularly take part in this ministry. Co-ordinator: Jeremy Meehan (0863601624).

Choir Music Ministry:
Adult Choir: About 35 members make up the Ballinora Choir. They sing at the 7pm vigil Mass from September to June, and at all the major Feasts. They rehearse for a half hour before the Mass; only for Christmas and Easter are extra rehearsals required. The high standard of the choir leads to occasional requests to sing elsewhere, and they have sung frequently in concert with Liam Lawton. Organist: Brian Keegan; Conductor: Ursula Mulvihill (4872777).

Junior Choir and Folk Group:from time to time a small youth group sings t the 10am Mass. Music is modern and lively. This choir also sings on Christmas and Easter mornings. Commitment is light. Occasional rehearsals. Leaders: Niamh McCarthy (0877631925) and Jennifer Murphy.

Ministers of the Eucharist: Scheduled in pairs, these ministers distribute the Body of Christ at weekend Masses. Some of them also bring Communion to the residents of Norwood Grange Nursing Home on Sundays, and a few serve in Marymount. A small group of Ministers of the Eucharist and Word also occasionally lead a Service of Word and Eucharist on a weekday morning when the priest is absent. Coordinator: Mary Flynn (4876730)

Altar Servers:
Some boys and girls of sixth class in Scoil Bhaile Nóra volunteer to take on this ministry for a year as part of their faith commitment for their Confirmation Year. They assist at the weekend Masses. Parental consent is obtained, and child protection guidelines strictly adhered to under the supervision of the Parish Child Protection Representatives.

Child Protection Observance and Contact Ministry:
Tríona Fitzgerald (4875950) andDarina Callanan (0872309279) have been trained to ensure best practice in all areas of church ministry involving young people; to ensure Garda vetting, signing and permission, training of servers etc. They are also available to help with the reporting of issues to the Diocesan authorities.

RENEWAL FOR ALL IN MINISTRY IN OUR PARISH:
A Date for your Diary: Tuesday April 2nd ; 8-9.15.

Prayer and encouragement for all who serve in all the ministries of our Parish: cleaners, flower arrangers, Parish Council, grounds keepers, Word and Eucharist etc etc….(Some listed above!)

STATION MASSES:
Volunteers are still requested please to host a Spring Station Mass in Ballinvoltig/Ballinvrinsig; Ballymah Upper and Lr.; Lower Castlewhite, Upper Castlewhitre, Corbally/Greybrook;  Windsor, Ballyhank, Inniskenny/Ballintannig, and School to Ballinora Cross. A station has been planned for Ballyshoneen.

The Station Mass for the area from Maglin to Dineen’s Lane will take place in the home of Catherine O’Mahony next Friday night, March 29th, at 8pm

CORK SCRIPTURE GROUP TALKS:
Tuesday, 26th March at 8.00pm: Rosalie Moloney: “‘And God saw that it was good’: The Book of Genesis and Tomorrow’s World.”.
Tuesday, 2nd April at 8.00pm: Sr. Nellie McLoughlin RSM: “The Wonder of Creation: The Miracle of Life”.
Tuesday, 9th April at 8.00pm: Tom Kelly: “Night train – the extraordinary world of bird migration”
Venue:  The Crypt, Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit, Dennehy’s Cross, Cork.
Each talk  45 minutes, followed by questions, answers and chat over a cup of Fairtrade tea or coffee.

HOW IS LENT GOING?
Time to take stock? Never too late to begin again. A reminder that all weekday Masses for Lent are at 7.30pmin order to give more people the opportunity to attend. Mass for Lent is a way to take time out for yourself and for your needs.

TRÓCAIRE THIS LENT
Please keep up the contributions into the Trócaire boxes any time you make a sacrifice for Lent.

RECENT BEREAVEMENT:
Our sincere sympathies to all the family relatives and friends of Philomena Lyne whose Requiem Mass was celebrated in St James Church last Monday. We remember especially her son Donal and her daughter and son in law Kay and Brian Lougheed with whom she had lived for many years.


16th March, 2019

The Prayer of St. Patrick – Lúireach Phádraig –  2nd Sunday in Lent

Also Known as St Patrick’s Breastplate – a Shield against Evil

(A ninth century Irish Prayer attributed to St Patrick)

I arise today in power and might

I call upon the Trinity, with faith in threeness

And trust in the oneness of the world’s great Maker.

I arise today in the power and might

Of Christ’s birth and baptism,

His crucifixion and burial

His resurrection and His ascension

His coming anew to judge mankind.

I arise today in love of cherubim,

In duty of angels, in loyalty of archangels,

In hope of uprising to gain life’s reward.

I arise today with the power of heaven,

The sun in brightness, the moon in splendour,

The flashing of fire, the swift stroke of lightning,

The rushing of storm-wind,

The deepness of ocean, the firmness of earth,

The hardness of bedrock.

I arise today, God’s power for my pilot

God’s might for my upholding,

God’s wisdom for my guiding. God’s eye as my outlook,

God’s ear for my hearing, God’s word on my tongue.

God’s right hand to guard me, God’s path for my treading,

God’s shield for my protecting,

God’s host for my defending against all that would wish me ill.

Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me

Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me.

Christ beneath me, Christ below me, Christ behind me, Christ before me

Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ in hearts f al that love me;  Christ to comfort and restore me.

 

RENEWAL FOR ALL IN MINISTRY IN OUR PARISH:

A Date for your Diary: Tuesday April 2nd; 8-9.15.Prayer and encouragement for all who serve in all the ministries of our Parish: cleaners, flower arrangers, Parish Council, grounds keepers, Word and Eucharist etc etc….

TRÓCAIRE BOXES
Please take a Trócaire box for your home this weekend and make a regular donation during the six weeks of Lent. A full account of the work of Trocaire can be seen on their website: www.Trócaire.org. It is well worth seeing the projects and the way all money collected is spent.

WEEKDAY MASSES:
A Reminder that all weekday Masses for Lent are at 7.30pm in order to give more people the opportunity to attend. Mass for Lent is a way to take time out for yourself and for your needs.

STATION MASSES;
Sincere thanks to Niall and Helen Tyrell (and Grace), who hosted the first Station Mass at their home last week. Two grannies and an auntie added to the occasion. Some fine singers!Volunteers are still requested please to host a Spring Station Mass in Ballinvoltig/Ballinvrinsig; Ballymah Upper and Lr.; Lower Castlewhite, Upper Castlewhitre, Corbally/Greybrook;  Windsor, Ballyhank, Inniskenny/Ballintannig, and School to Ballinora Cross . A station has been planned for Ballyshoneen, and Maglin to Dineen’s Lane.

PERSON OF THE YEAR:  
Congratulations and best wishes to Margaret Drinan who has been nominated as Ballinora Person of the Year. Margaret has worked for years as a member of the ICA and produced millions of cups of tea. She continues to care for many people behind the scenes, and constantly fundraises for so many charities.

TRÓCAIRE THIS LENT
You will  eat and have all you want and you will  bless Yahwehyour God in the fine country which he has given you.” Deuteronomy 8:10.
This year’s Trócaire Lenten campaign highlights the different ways land is stolen from vulnerable people in the developing world. It could be by corporate land grabs, by war or simply because they are a woman. To find out more visit www.trocaire.org. Please take a Trócaire box this weekend and make a regular donation during the remaining weeks of Lent.

CORK SCRIPTURE GROUP TALKS:
Tuesday, 19th March at 8.00pm: Fr. Diarmuid Ó Murchú: “Keeping Hope Alive in our Troubled Times”.
Tuesday, 26th March at 8.00pm: Rosalie Moloney: “‘And God saw that it was good’: The Book of Genesis and Tomorrow’s World.”.
Tuesday, 2nd April at 8.00pm: Sr. Nellie McLoughlin RSM: “The Wonder of Creation: The Miracle of Life”.
Tuesday, 9th April at pm: Tom Kelly: “Night train – the extraordinary  world of bird migration”
Venue:  The Crypt, Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit, Dennehy’s Cross, Cork. Each talk  45 minutes, followed by questions, answers and chat over a cup of Fairtrade tea or coffee.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY:
We welcome the return of our Children’s Liturgy at the 10am Mass each Sunday. It is a lovely ministry to our young people. Please bring your younger children to the Sunday 10am Mass, where they are appreciated and included.